Begeleid: The Pacific Tour

Time to unwind!
The programme begins driving along through scenic landscapes in our way to the mangroves of Guacalillo where you will have the chance to observe one of the largest crocodile colonies in the world. Moreover, you will slowly glide down the river during a refreshing boat tour and, if you are lucky, even spot some scarlet macaws! From the mangroves you'll take off straight to Manuel Antonio National Park, well-known for its charming beaches, hiking trails and pleasant climate.
After that, you'll go upwards to the clouded highlands of Monteverde so you can capture the energy and the calming effects of the mountain's fresh air as well as rejuvenate your soul to the sounds of nature. You will also be inspired by walking along the bridges across the canopy of a glamorous collection of tall mossy trees.


Then you'll cross a few mountain ranges and coastal plains north of Rincón de la Vieja, an active volcano camouflaged under truly captivating forests. Once there, you’ll be able to do some horseback riding passing by fumaroles and hot springs while at the same time admiring a great view of the Pacific Ocean.
This is a well-worth visit that you will not be able to forget!

 

Day 1: San José – Quepos / Manuel Antonio

You start the journey driving through scenic landscapes via Atenas and Orotina to the mangroves of Guacalillo. You will have a chance to relax while slowly gliding through the wide mangroves of the coastal shore on a boat. You may observe many animals such as caimans, racoons, iguanas and the colourful scarlet macaw. Meanwhile, you will be spoiled with tropical fruits and a typical drink. At the end of the tour you will enjoy a delicious typical lunch at the open restaurant there. Then you continue by way of Jacó to Quepos. You may use some time in the afternoon to explore and to observe plants, birds, butterflies and monkeys on your own initiative.

Included fees/tours: Mangrove boat tour
Included meals: Lunch, dinner

Day 2: Manuel Antonio National Park & Beaches

Today you will visit the Manuel Antonio National Park. Although Manuel Antonio is one of the smallest parks in Costa Rica, it is also one of the most popular destinations for both tourists and nationals. The park protects a cherished rainforest area of 4,014 acres and some of the adjacent beautiful beaches. On the trails inside the park, you’ll have the chance to observe birds and different animals; you might even bump into a squirrel monkey here and there, which by the way is in extreme danger of extinction. There are only two places left on earth where this shy monkey can be seen and Manuel Antonio is one of them. The other one is Corcovado National Park, a bit more to the south. After your walk in the jungle, you will have enough leisure time to enjoy the beautiful beaches inside the park.

Note: Manuel Antonio National Park is closed on Mondays.

Included fees/tours: Entrance fee to Manuel Antonio National Park
Included meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 3: Quepos - Monteverde

After breakfast, you’ll head to the north and drive past Orotina and Puntarenas to Sardinal, where you take an 18 km long, partly bumpy road up to Monteverde, located at a level of about 1,400 metres. Once there, you will unwind and take advantage of the fresh mountain air.

Included fees/tours: None
Included meals today: Breakfast

Day 4: Monteverde

Early in the morning, you will enjoy a walk in the famous Santa Elena Reserve, a bewitching cloud-covered evergreen mountain forest. Most of the trees in the reserve are overgrown by moss, ferns, and orchids. They constitute the natural habitat of over 250 species of birds, and you will have the great chance to observe many of them. If you are lucky enough you may even get to see the famous quetzal, a shy and colourful bird idolized by the Mayas and other aboriginal populations. In the afternoon, you will have a different experience walking through the canopy of the cloud forest by means of a system of suspension bridges which allows seeing the jungle from a different perspective. Your experienced guide will tell you all about the interesting ecosystems that contribute to making life both possible and worth living up there. All bridges have easy access.

Included fees/tours: Entrance fee to Santa Elena Reserve, Hanging Bridges tour
Included meals today: Breakfast

Day 5: Monteverde – Rincón de la Vieja

After breakfast, you’ll drive back along the Panamerican Motorway and then head north to the Gulf of Nicoya. Near Cañas, you´ll visit the Las Pumas Rescue Center, where you can admire some animals at a very close range you´d never encounter otherwise, like pumas and jaguars. Lunch will also be served here. Afterwards, your journey continues via Liberia to the area of Rincón de la Vieja. For the last few kilometers you’ll drive on a gravel road, but you will safely reach Rincón de la Vieja in the afternoon.

Included fees/tours: Entrance fee to Las Pumas Rescue Center
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6: Rincón de la Vieja National Park

The slopes of this massive volcano are covered by truly captivating tropical dry forests which are protected by the Rincón de la Vieja National Park. On a walk in the park, you are most likely to get a close look at animals and birds. Thanks to its proximity to the volcano, you will notice traces of volcanic activity right in the middle of the forest. Hot springs, fumaroles, and boiling mud holes will make this walk the highlight of our roundtrip. Then you can spend the afternoon at your leisure. You may want to rent a horse and enjoy a ride over the large fields down the volcanic slopes while enjoying the spectacular view over the Nicoya Peninsula or sign up for another interesting tour (not included).

Note: Rincón de la Vieja National Park is closed on Mondays.

Included fees/tours: Entrance fee to Rincón de la Vieja National Park.
Included meals today: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Rincón de la Vieja National Park - San José (or connection)

The roundtrip ends with the transfer back to San José. We will drop you off at the hotel of your choice. We recommend booking your outgoing flight until the next day. You can also make a connection to other programmes as follows:
a) Beach holidays: We drop you off in Liberia, where you can take a bus to Tamarindo, Papagayo, Jacó, Quepos/Manuel Antonio (at extra charge).
b) Highlights Costa Rica Tour: By booking a transfer Rincón de la Vieja - La Fortuna and an overnight at Hotel Arenal Paraíso in La Fortuna, you can attach our well-known roundtrip (at extra charge). 
c) Programmes in the area of Arenal Volcano: You can book a transfer Rincón de la Vieja - La Fortuna (at extra charge).

Included fees/tours: None
Included meals today: Breakfast